SL declare on 387, Windies are 165/5

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Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 17:11 [IST]
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SL declare on 387, Windies are 165/5

On the morning of Day 3 of the second test against the West Indies, Sri Lanka started off proceedings in a confident manner. Prasanna Jayawardene hit the first four of the day off Windies captain Darren Sammy. With that shot, the hosts had taken their score past the 300-run-mark. But there was another landmark in the offing. In the 94th over, Captain Sangakkara smashed Kemar Roach for two consecutive fours to bring up his 150. But he fell in the next over itself, when Sammy got him caught by Chris Gayle at first slip.

Suddenly jitters had gotten to Sri Lanka. Jayawardene was lucky to get away with a top edge off Roach over first slip, which Gayle spilled. The batsman returned in the next over to slap Sammy for a boundary to midwicket. But Jayawardene soon ran out of luck when in the 105th over, he played all around a ball from Suleiman Benn, which crashed into his middle stump. He was out for 34 and Sri Lanka were looking unsteady again at 349/6.

In the 107th over, the decision review system was used by Windies when their lbw appeal against Nuwan Kulasekara was turned down. But with replays showing the ball woul have missed the leg stump, the umpire's decision was upheld and Kulasekara survived.

There was more drama in the 112th over, when the batsman at the other end Rangana Hareth, topped-edged a ball to square leg only to see it dropped by the fieldsman. But there was no such luck for Kulasekara who was snapped up by Dwayne Bravo off Roach at deep point for 17. Sri Lanka were 383/8. Just two overs later, Roach struck again when he clean-bowled Ajantha Mendis for 2. Roach had picked up his fifth wicket and Sri Lanka declared on 387/9.

In their reply, the Windies got off in a belligerant fashion with Chris Gayle hitting the first ball of the innings for four. But in the 3rd over, Kulasekara struck back to remove Adrian Barath for 3 and the Windies were on 7/1. New batsman Darren Bravo and Gayle knocked off fours in the subsequent two overs and began pushing the score along nicely.

In typical aggressive style, Gayle gave debutant Suranga Lakmal, a pasting in the 8th over, by hitting him for two fours. The Windies had raced to 31/1. But Gayle was not done with Lakmal. In the bowler's next over, he slapped him for three fours. However, in deliciously dramatic fashion, Lakmal returned in his following over to remove Gayle for 31. Gayle went for a pull of a surprise bouncer and was caught in the deep.

Again, the Windies were in touch of bother with Shivnarine Chanderpaul coming to the crease at 51/2. Bravo and his new partner batted slowly and patiently as they tried to steady their side's innings. But Chanderpaul fell short of that objective when he was lbw to Ajantha Mendis for 8. Sri Lanka were in more trouble at 77/3 in the 24th over.

Darren Bravo and new batsman Brendon Nash dug in their heels and batted sensibly to take the Windies score to over 100/3 in the 30th over. Then in the next over, Bravo scurried a few runs to bring up his half-century. He and Nash were doing a good job reviving the innings and taking it forward, when in the 44th over, Nash fell to Tillakratne Dilshan for a hard-fought 29 and Sri Lanka again was on top at 160/4.

Then two two brothers were at the crease - Darren and Dwayne. But Darren who was on 80, almost immediately lost his wicket. Dilshan got him caught by Herath in the same over and the West Indies were wobbling at 160/5. Soon afterward, bad light stopped play with the West Indies on 165/5 in 45 overs. Two relatively new batsmen were at the crease in Carlton Baugh who was not out on 4, and Bravo who was unbeaten on 1. Eventually, play was called for the day due to threatening weather conditions and fading light.


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